Dodgers: Is The Hall of Fame Door Now Open For Steve Garvey?

Steve Garvey played for the Los Angeles Dodgers from 1969 to 1982, garnering much fanfare and even some Hall of Fame credentials. However, Garvey’s chance at Cooperstown has looked grim. That is until recent when Harold Baines was selected by the current committee.

MLB Network’s roundtable including Chris Russo, Bob Costas, and Roberto Alomar weighed in.

Still, it’s interesting to compare Baines’ stats with Garvey’s side-by-side. You can check out Garvey’s baseball-reference page here and Baines’ right here.

Moreover, what the panel says at the end of the video is interesting. Garvey’s name is the first they mention for consideration. They also talk about guys not having the sabermetric numbers needed for consideration, but Baines’ entrance may give way to players like Garvey who could slide in the back door.

Final Word

So what do you think? With a career .294 average and .775 OPS, should Steve Garvey get consideration for Cooperstown? Does Harold Baines’ enshrinement gain Garvey some favorable attention going forward? I ask you to answer this not as a Dodgers fan – but to use your intelligence as a baseball fan. It is the Hall of Fame for a reason, and not the Hall of Very Good. Garvey amassed 36.4 bWAR over the course of his career, which is good; but not other worldly.

Does Steve Garvey deserve to make your Hall? Why or why not? Let us know in the comments!

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Written by Clint Evans

Clint lives in Ohio, and played collegiate baseball. He loves the Dodgers due to his first memories of Chavez Ravine when he was nine years old. The voice of Vin Scully has been a staple in his life since he was a kid. No amount of baseball talk is ever enough, and he wishes the regular season was year round. He has written about baseball online since 2007.


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  1. How is he not in the HOF? Six of seven years with 200 or more hits and the year he didn’t reach 200 he was asked to hit more hrs. He hit 33 and still had 192 hits. Let’s not forget, there wasn’t a better fielding first baseman. Off Tony Perez is in then Harvey should be also.

  2. Steve Garvey absolutely should be in the hall of fame, his numbers through out his career are worthy plus his post season had an impact, not to mention his all-star selection and MVP season and two all-star MVP’s and What about his errorsless season? He did it on both sides of the ball. Also help San Diego get to the world series.

  3. Garvey should be in no doubt. Saw him go 5-5 with 5 rbi’s at Dodger Stadium. One of the best for 6 years straight. It’s time.

  4. How about the longest Iron Man streak in NL history and the All-Star MVPs, one as a write in candidate), the 5 World Series, and the Gold Gloves? This is a no brainer.

  5. Steve Garvey will go down in Dodger history as one of the greats, both offensively and defensively. In addition, he was a total team player and a visible face in the community. He always handled himself with dignity. Its time to recognize this formally by inducting him into the HOF.

  6. He had more 200 hit seasons then Rod Carew, got more clutch hits in big games, holds the National League consecutive games played streak, was a MVP in the 1981 World Series, Playoffs twice 1974 and 1977 and in the National league in 1974. Time for the Hall of Fame for Mr Garvey.

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